By: Rose McDermott-Pinch
On Oct. 5, the Attleboro Animal Shelter held a Harvest Fair on Pond Street North near Seekonk. The fair has been running for ten years, and became a popular annual event for families.
The Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter (FAAS) holds this festival as a way to fundraise for the animals they take care of. Vendors can pay $30 to set up a booth that can sell anything, from dog toys to jewelry.
In addition to the vendor fee, the shelter also makes money by charging $2 per car for parking. This money, and all the money made by the event, goes directly to the animals.
The event opened at 10 a.m. and lasted until 3 p.m. Food and refreshments were available as well as background music and raffles. Face painting, painting and more were open to children of all ages to promote a family presence.
PAWS New England and the Seekonk Animal Shelter were among the vendors handing out information about the animals they had available for adoption. There were also independent rescues that had animals they were fostering at the event to raise awareness. A few of the booths even gave out dog treats.
The FAAS had pamphlets handy to offer information about their new shelter. Although the city is paying for the actual building, the shelter must furnish the inside. In order to pay for this they are selling personalized bricks to anyone who wishes to help.
Donations can be given to the FAAS through their website www.faaspets.org or by mailing it to P.O. Box 592, Pond St. North, Attleboro, Mass., 02703. Applications for adoption are available online and in person.
Adoption fees range from $140 to $400 depending on the dog and the shelter. Cats are usually $140 no matter the type although senior cats are sometimes cheaper. Most animals available already have their shots and are spayed/neutured.
The shelter can be reached at 508-761-5617 on Wed. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sun. from 11 a.m. 1 p.m.